VIDEO: Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2014 preview

Thousands of visitors from across the country are expected at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

The popular event returns to the Great Yorkshire Showground until Sunday, September 14.

Garden designer Susanne Guthrie prepares for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (s).

Garden designer Susanne Guthrie prepares for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (s).

And among the colourful stands of flowers, local produce, giant vegetables will be a frenzy of fruit and new feature, Inspiration Street.

Inspiration Street features a range of small scale designs aimed at giving homeowners ideas for tricky front gardens.

Street schemes range from a ‘back to front’ veg plot, complete with salad-filled paving cracks to a modern take on the ancient art of making mosaics, all set against the backdrop of a traditional terrace.

Nick Smith, Show Director said: “Thousands of UK homes feature a small front garden and many people struggle to make the most of the space.

“We hope this new concept in show gardens will help to convince visitors that the front garden doesn’t have to be just a home for the household wheelie bin, there is lots you can do with the right inspiration.”

Meantime, around 40 local schools have been taking part in the BIG apple art challenge ahead of the show.

As part the Pip to Press celebration of all things apple at this year’s show, the children have been decorating giant apple cutouts (90cm x 90cm) for a special competition.

There are two age groups Key Stage 1 (aged up to 7) and Key Stage 2 (aged 8-11), with the winning entries receiving a heritage apple tree to plant in their school garden or allotment.

As designers and landscapers across the region finalise their plans for show gardens there is one special lady looking forward to making a spectacular come back.

Roxy, a newly restored 1966 VW campervan, will take centre stage in the debut show garden of designer Susanne Guthrie, who is creating a display for the NSPCC.

She said: “When the NSPCC said they would like to raise their profile with a display at Harrogate Flower Show I was delighted to get involved and recruited Roxy to help put across the charity’s message.”

Other show attractions include the highly anticipated giant vegetable competition and over 5,000 blooms.

Knaresborough exhibitors Wack’s Wicked Plants will join nearly 100 leading plant nurseries from across the district and beyond.

Tickets for Friday or Saturday £16 on the gate, Sunday £14.50. Under 16s free when accompanied by an adult.

See next week’s Harrogate Advertiser for images and a full show report. Visit